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Julian Shaw, Star of Australia's Viral Marriage Equality Ad, Speaks: VIDEO


Julian Shaw, the actor starring in Australia's viral marriage equality ad, was interviewed late last week before this weekend's Labor Party vote to allow its MPs a conscience vote on marriage equality. He speaks about that and his work on the ad, which now has more than 3,500,000 views.


There is also a Facebook campaign to air the ad on U.S. television.

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  1. Andy of towleroad,

    I'm sorry but you need to be corrected on your statement that gay marriage was added to the Labor Party platform. What the Labor Party has done is to allow a conscience vote. This does NOT mean that the Labor Party policy on gay marriage has changed.

    Some pundits are saying that this is a ploy by the homophobic Prime Minister, Ms Julia Gillard, to paint herself as a supporter of traditional values when she votes against gay marriage once the bill appears before Parliament next year. Don't underestimate her. She already lied to the Australian people about the carbon tax.

    She is a known liar.

    Posted by: bruce devine | Dec 5, 2011 8:35:32 AM

  2. I'm a big fan of the video and super glad it was made. I just find it amazing that GetUp, a gay org in Oz couldn't find a gay actor to head the project and be the face of the campaign. But, maybe it is better that a heterosexual man show he's for equality.

    Posted by: Mike | Dec 5, 2011 8:44:39 AM

  3. Julian Shaw is well spoken and speaks from his heart. Good video.

    Posted by: Professor Locs | Dec 5, 2011 8:50:20 AM

  4. Sorry Bruce, but Andy is correct, the Labor party has changed its platform to support gay marriage. What you're getting at is a separate decision to allow a conscience vote on the issue if it comes up in Parliament, which significantly dilutes the impact of the platform change.

    Your comments on Gillard being a liar are spot on, however.

    Posted by: Brian | Dec 5, 2011 8:59:13 AM

  5. sad he's straight :-/

    Posted by: david | Dec 5, 2011 9:24:30 AM

  6. Like the ad but I am a little disappointed the actor is straight. There has to be hundreds of gay actors they could have used.

    Posted by: Kevin | Dec 5, 2011 10:19:16 AM

  7. I kind of like that he's straight... it lets homophobes still see the person & makes it that much more difficult to deny the universal truths within the vid.

    And, Julian himself, is a great example to those same people that interaction with gay people enhances, not diminishes our lives in this world.

    My fave thing about the vid is there's no particular religious notion, because marriage has just about nothing to do with religion.

    Posted by: Pete n SFO | Dec 5, 2011 10:28:00 AM

  8. a straight, white, attractive guy...and this is suppose to speak to a gay, asian, average looking guy like myself how now?

    Posted by: B | Dec 5, 2011 10:29:36 AM

  9. Some queens will just NEVER be happy.

    Posted by: Edd | Dec 5, 2011 10:29:42 AM

  10. @B,

    Because he's an attractive straight white male savior who can fix everything for any minority, aka "White Savior Complex." j/k.

    Feigned bitterness aside, he did the multicultural community good. But like you, I can relate to the feeling of "the third person" seeing as though only white straight actors could effectively speak on our behalf (Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Darren Criss, Ben Cohen, list goes on).

    Then again, we have NPH, Chis Colfer, John Barrowman, etc. At least we have gay white actors breaking ground. Err...

    Okay, the whole PSA was for marriage equality, not race. He's an actor. His sexual orientation or race should not matter.

    What's more effective is to live your life as the handsome, self-assured gay Asian that you are. It'll bring about positive change quicker for you than this video could ever do.

    Posted by: Adrian | Dec 5, 2011 11:29:02 AM

  11. Sorry Bruce but you're flat out wrong on this one. The Labor Party platform was most definitely changed. The official Labor Party platform now is to support and promote marriage equality by making marriage in Australia gender neutral; however individual party members will be allowed to vote their conscience and will not be forced to vote as a block as is almost always the case in parliamentary systems of government. Now the ball is in the court of the Liberal Party leader to allow his party the same ability to vote their consciences instead of being forced to vote as a block against it. He has said that he will require his MP's to vote as a block, however pressure in mounting, inside and outside the Liberal Party, for a conscience vote.

    Interesting how conservatives in the Labor Party were demanding a conscience vote because voting in block would deny them their democratic rights but the conservatives in the Liberal Party are demanding a block vote against the proposed legislation, well, because anything other would be downright Communist.

    Right wingers the world over are bigoted assholes.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Dec 5, 2011 12:00:18 PM

  12. Thank you Julian!

    Posted by: Yes | Dec 5, 2011 12:50:38 PM

  13. For those of us who instantly fell in love with Julian, it's worth noting that he didn't speak to his own orientation; only that marriage equality is a personal issue to him and he has a lot of gay friends. We don't know if he's gay or straight - so - we can all still pretend we're the one on the receiving end of his amazingly beautiful smile.

    Posted by: Dana Chilton | Dec 5, 2011 1:10:00 PM

  14. It can't be easy going through life being THAT charming...

    On another note, the story isn't "shot from a first person perspective".

    Posted by: BobN | Dec 5, 2011 3:27:03 PM

  15. He never said he’s straight; maybe he’s somewhere in the middle, as many actors. But even if he is a straight ally, what’s the problem and who cares. Instead of complaining about labels we should be glad that more and more being seeing as supportive of gay causes or acting gay roles etc. doesn’t has the stigma of old. We have to get out of the gay ghetto mentality.

    Posted by: Lexxvs | Dec 5, 2011 4:19:13 PM

  16. He seems beautiful inside and out. I'd love it for Australia to move toward marriage equality. It would give me great hope that America could move forward on it, too, at least insofar as ending DOMA at the federal level, so marriages in equality-supporting states are treated equally, at the least. Australia is a good bell weather country, because like the US, it's a fairly conservative country in comparison to most of Europe and other democratized countries in the developed world.

    Posted by: Ryan | Dec 5, 2011 5:57:53 PM

  17. the actors for this ads aren't straight, i guess. you can read it on this site:

    "Finally, we chose two gay actors, they had similar figure, skinny and tall. I think they are definitely the best actors to do this role." (pre production)

    Posted by: lee | Dec 9, 2011 11:54:34 AM

  18. well, according to this site:

    about the pre-production for this ads, the actors aren't straight. :D

    "Finally, we chose two gay actors, they had similar figure, skinny and tall. I think they are definitely the best actors to do this role."

    Posted by: lee | Dec 9, 2011 12:00:02 PM

  19. That's a lot of negative comments about a guy working for gay rights. It a cute, str8(ish), white boy can increase support a few more %, then more power to him.

    Posted by: Ivan | Dec 9, 2011 6:22:46 PM

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